Description

I don't build myself a computer but once every 5-7 years or so. I decided to go a bit flashy with this build. Lots of RGB LED lighting, some by choice, some not. The Corsair H115i is a great cooler, ever for the 9700k that runs hot as hades. The MSI gaming Z 8G has the highest turbo clock speed of the MSI RTX 2070's, so I chose that card over, for a balance between longevity and power (I don't game in 4K).

I'll be re-seating my heatsink to the CPU and testing out a couple different thermal pastes in an effort to bring the CPU temp down under load. More to come.

Thanks for taking a look!

Part Reviews

CPU

Runs very hot. Can hit 80C under load. But still incredibly fast.

Video Card

What can I say, it runs beautifully, and handles anything I play. Farcry 5, Division, CSGO, Wolfenstein II, all 144fps at max settings.

This card weighs 3.3lbs but does come with a support bracket. Fair warning: you MUST have 2 open slots beneath this card for the bracket to fit. It doesn't fit over an installed card (like a Sound Blaster card, for example...)

Case

I absolutely love this case. I took a star off for two reasons. First, the inside is a little small for a full ATX case. Second, some people may not like the way cable management is set up. The shroud that sits in the bottom of the case does not leave room for cable routing. Because of this, some plugs were routed through the middle instead of from the bottom of the tray, which would've been neater. The case comes with a controller for keeping all the RGB fans in sync, and the remote can change color and/or disable RGB fans. The tempered glass is tinted, and very clean and neat as well, but kind of a fingerprint magnet. I would absolutely recommend this case to a friend.

Sound Card

I've been a Sound Blaster fan since the first card came out some 17 years ago. This card boasts an amplified headphone port for those demanding wired headsets on the market, and crystal clear audio and surround. The RGB lighting is pretty cool looking too. Comes with a LED strip that plugs into the card.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Remove before gaming, so I can use CAD with the label on it, just not game. Got it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean, that IS what it says. And your statement is accurate, technically. Haha

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there slits in the PSU shroud for air if a fan is in that bottom mount?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Short answer is no, there are no slits in the shroud.

The case is designed to have the PSU fan facing the bottom. There is a filtered vent along the bottom that will accommodate any consumer-grade PSU. The case is raised so that adequate airflow can get in underneath.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the front case fans at all choked?

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely not. The side panels of the case have openings for good ventilation, but the wire management features in this case are lack luster. The only thing affecting airflow would be the lack of wire management features on the lower part of the case.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, okay thank you! I was considering changing this case because of my speculations about the airflow, so thank you for clearing that up.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

where did you get that $39.99 windows OEM lol i want that! is it legit?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it's legit. Brytesoft.com

I discovered it looking for a better deal than $140 for Win10 Pro.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I just looked and it's only $30 now.